Protestant Christianity in America has shaped citizen’s lives since the nation’s founding. This claim is supported by actions of past Presidents, a general consensus of American citizens, and the intertwining of the American identity with a religious identity. This study aims to show how Protestant Christianity affected the way Americans viewed certain phenomena during the Cold War. The Lavender Scare is the first case I study, applying Stephan and Stephan’s Integrated Threat Theory of Prejudice to how Americans and leaders within the United States government associated homosexuality with communism. I then explore the decisions behind America’s involvement in the Iran-Iraq War, and use Constructivism to show that countries with shared values and goals cooperate at a higher capacity than nations who do not.
Park, Chan Sok
Religious Studies; Political Science
Layde, Garrett, "What Does God Have To Do With It? : A study of the impact Protestant Christianity had on United States foreign policy during the Cold War." (2019). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8526.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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